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Love birds fly to Himachal
Chandigarh, February 14
While the City Beautiful waited in vain for the Valentine spirit to catch up, the hills had more than their deserved share of warmth today.
ON WINGS OF DESIRE: Ignoring the hottest city spots, youngsters of Chandigarh chose to sneak into the hills to celebrate Valentine’s Day. — Photo Parvesh Chauhan

Rose buds wilt in hands as love goes disco
Chandigarh, February 14
Love doesn't live here anymore, old-timers cruising down the geri route realised in the morning as their hungry eyes, scanning the horizon for affection, could spot just the idle cops leaning against the barricades using twigs as toothpicks.


Chaos on geri route
Chandigarh, February 14
The police thought the Valentine revellers had enough on Friday. But the police was wrong. Moments after the cops pulled back their barricades along the geri route, enthusiastic revellers steered their vehicles through the geri route.
Cops were back on roads by the evening after chaos prevailed on the geri route in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photo
Cops were back on roads by the evening after chaos prevailed on the geri route

Love in Strawberry Fields
Chandigarh, February 14
Little angels hold aloft red coloured heart-shaped balloons having a day out basking in the winter sun as they hop, skip and jump in lush green lawns blending perfectly with floral beds of dahlias and larkspurs.

Children of Strawberry Fields add a new meaning to Valentine on Friday at School in Sector 24. — Tribune photo Manoj Mahajan
Children of Strawberry Fields add a new meaning to Valentine

Effigy of St Valentine burnt
Chandigarh, February 14
Students of DAV College, Sector 10, today burnt an effigy of St Valentine to register their protest against the public display of affection by young boys and girls on Valentine’s Day. The students assembled at the main gate of the college this morning and protested against changing the nature and spirit of Valentine’s Day.
Students of DAV College burn the effigy of St Valentine to protest against public display of affection and socialisation, during Valentine’s Day in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Students of DAV College burn the effigy of St Valentine to protest against public display of affection and socialisation, during Valentine’s Day

Warm response to treasure hunt
Chandigarh, February 14
There was an air of excitement at the Sector 17 shopping center as the ‘‘Connect Valentine treasure hunt’’ got underway. Hundreds of participants turned up at the venue to take part in the treasure hunt which spanned across Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.

Co-worker kills woman for resisting advances
Panchkula, February 14
A 45-year-old woman was strangled by a co-worker in a namkeen factory in Raipur Rani this afternoon, after she reportedly resisted his sexual overtures. The victim, Darshini, was first hit on the head with a glass bottle and later strangulated with her dupatta by Jagir in a fit of rage. 

M.K. Jain’s arrest stayed
Panchkula, February 14
The Additional District and Sessions Judge today stayed the arrest of Chandigarh-based businessman, M.K. Jain, one of the accused in the kidnapping of a girl from Shimla, who is also the victim of the infamous Shimla girl rape case, till February 18.

Can men in blue pull their socks up?
HEN Saurav Ganguly won the toss against Holland, one of the minnows of World Cup, and elected to bat, everybody in the sub-continent was hoping a glut of runs from the most heralded batting lineup in the world. Cricket fans and buffs were expecting fireworks from the blades of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav, Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Youvraj Singh after their rather dismal performance in New Zealand on some truly treacherous tracks.


Truckers block state highway
Panchkula, February 14
Over 30 trucks today blocked the Ramgarh- Mubarakpur road for over four hours to protest against the high-handed attitude of a royalty collection firm for river bed miners of Panchkula.

Rescuing women in distress
Chandigarh, February 14
Domestic and family violence among migrants in Austrailia was the theme of interaction between family therapist Ms Muktesh Chibber and faculty of the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh, here today.

SCL develops hi-tech chip for European countries
Chandigarh, February 14
In a research centre situated among the picturesque Swiss Alps, a high resolution image hypothesising the birth of the universe flashes on computer screens. Nothing unique about it, except for the fact that the technology and capability for generating the image emanated from here.

Nagar kirtan held
Chandigarh, February 14
Devotees marched through the city streets during an impressive nagar kirtan held in the afternoon in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass today. Before culminating at the Sector 30 Shri Guru Ravi Dass Ji Maharaj Gurdwara, the procession passed through Sector 20, 21, 22 and 17. It also passed through the road dividing Sector 18, 19 and 27. The procession started at 1 pm.

Devotees take part in a nagar kirtan organised in connection with Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph.
Devotees take part in a nagar kirtan organised in connection with Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti

UT employee burnt to death
Chandigarh, February 14
A 35-year-old employee of Government Printing Press, UT Administration, was burnt to death in a fire that broke out possibly due to a short-circuit in his Sector-28 house this morning. The neighbours informed the police about incident.

Idol installed


Kiran manager’s murder: 5 pistols seized
Chandigarh, February 14
The police today said a country-made 315 bore pistol was used by contract killers to shoot the manager of the Kiran and Jagat Cinema, Harjinder Singh. Today, the police recovered five of the six country-made pistols which the contract killers had procured from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.


Airtel point launched


Law Dept issue referred to Syndicate
Chandigarh, February 14
Panjab University has referred the ongoing admission controversy at the Law Department to the Syndicate meeting scheduled for tomorrow. More than 40 students have been denied admission by the department to the next semester despite having appeared in the required previous semester examination.

5,000 electronics pros needed per yr
Chandigarh, February 14
A two-day Chandigarh Symposium on Micro-electronics (CSME) - 2003, being organised by the Indian Micro-electronics Society, got under way at Panjab University here today.

Scholars discuss security
Chandigarh, February 14
Discussions on non-military threats to Indian security marked the concluding day of the seminar on “Dynamics of India’s Security in the North Western Region” at Panjab University here today.

Industrial growth in Punjab discussed
Chandigarh, February 14
The DAV College today organised a one-day regional seminar sponsored by ICSSR on the topic of "Rethinking Strategy for Industrial Growth in Punjab — lessons from the new economic reforms”.

Legal literacy for women stressed
Chandigarh, February 14
A seminar on legal literacy for women was organised by Panjab University’s Department of Adult and Continuing Education in collaboration with Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, here today.

NCC cadets

Camel colour contest awards presented
Chandigarh, February 14
All-India Camel Colour Contest awards were presented to the winners at a function held in the city today. Manoj Sharma, a student of Sector 29 Kendriya Vidyalaya, won a consolation prize at the national level in Group E of the competition.


Betting: bail plea of 5 suspects dismissed
Chandigarh, February 14
A bail plea moved by five persons allegedly involved in betting on the first world cup cricket match was today dismissed by a local court. The bail plea moved by five suspects — Rahul Sofat, Rishi Goyal, Ravi and Rajiv, Gyanesh — was dismissed by the UT Judicial Magistrate(First Class), Ms Sangeeta Rai Sachdev, who also remanded the suspects in judicial custody till February 28.

HC stays arrest of MC president
Chandigarh, February 14
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the arrest of President of Ambala Cantt Municipal Council Shankar Dass Sharma in an alleged corruption case. Sharma, against whom a case has been registered by the Vigilance Bureau in Ambala faces allegations of having caused loss to the Municipal Council.


Colours of India shine in Kala Gram
Chandigarh, February 14
Over 100 artisans were present today at the inaugural function of the Kala Gram Utsav-2003 which opened today at Kala Gram located along the Kalka-Shimla highway.

Anjana Kuthalia Feelings lost and found in colours
Chandigarh, February 14
Art, like signature, is exclusive to every artist. More often than not it is a virtual extension of bitter or sweet reality that has passed by but has refused to vacate its space in the room of memory.


Conference on eye disorders
Chandigarh, February 14
In India there are around 18 million people who cannot see. Out of the total, around seven per cent blindness is caused due to retinal diseases. This was disclosed during the 11th annual conference of the Vitreo Retinal Society of India.


RSB, Chennai outplays Haryana
Chandigarh, February 14
RSB, Chennai, outplayed Haryana 3-0 in the women team championship of the All India Civil Services Table Tennis Championship, which began here today at TT hall, Sector 23. Earlier, the seven-day meet was inaugurated by Mr Virendra Singh, IAS, Adviser to the UT Administrator.


PUDA ordered to remove meat market, 100 kiosks
SAS Nagar, February 14
The Vidhan Sabha Committee has ordered the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) to remove the 20-year-old Mohali meat market along with over 100 kiosks shops on the fringes of Mohali village and Phase I here.


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